Hesjedal hanging tough at Giro
Farnese Vini-Selle Italia's Andrea Guardini of Italy celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 149-km Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia from San Vito di Cadore to Vedelago May 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)
Italian Andrea Guardini outduelled world champion Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint Thursday at the end of Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia.
Cavendish hammered his handlebars in frustration after the 22-year-old Farnese Vini rider won by more than a bike length on the flat stage from San Vito di Cadore to Vedelago.
Italy's Roberto Ferrari was third.
With three days remaining, Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez retained the overall lead, 30 seconds ahead of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal. Two-time Giro winner Ivan Basso of Italy was third, 82 seconds behind.
On Friday the cyclists tackle the first of two key mountain stages before wrapping up Sunday with an individual time trial.
"Hesjedal is not wearing pink (the leader's jersey) but he's the clear overall favourite," Rodriguez said.
"I have to try to drop him before Sunday's time trial, and the same goes for everybody else if they want to win."
SOMETHING FISHY IN MISSISSAUGA
Mississauga's OHL team will be called the Steelheads, the franchise announced Thursday.
More than 1,400 respondents took part in a name-the-team contest.
The name has a local tie-in, referring to the steelhead trout that swim up the Credit River.